Gopolang Moloko
1 minute read
20 Apr 2020
6:20 am

We need to talk about these ridiculous new rules, Mr President

Gopolang Moloko

It is tempting to dismiss the furore over the ban on cooked foods being sold during the coronavirus lockdown as being merely the fuss of over-pampered suburbanites.

Yet, that would be to ignore the fact that the ban on cooked foods is but a symptom of some of the irrationality in the government’s application of regulations under the Disaster Act. There has been no clear explanation for why cooked food is now considered “dangerous” … and the best rationale (and this is supposition) is that government doesn’t want restaurants and takeaway food establishments to be unfairly prejudiced. While there may be some merit in the argument that uniform restrictions have to be applied, that leaves the sad situation that emergency or essential services personnel are now banned...